2014 Meeting of the Agricultural History Society

Annual Meeting

Provo, Utah

June 19-22, 2014


On-line registration is now available. Click here to register. Early-bird registration rates will be in effect until May 1. Regular registration will close on May 28. You will be able to register for the conference on-site in Provo, however tickets to the special events, including the tours, will not be available.

Rates (through April 30):
AHS Member: $65
Non-member: $110

Rates (after April 30):
AHS Member: $85
Non-member: $130

Additional ticketed events:
Presidential luncheon: $32
Awards Banquet: $40
Rural Women’s Studies Association Breakfast: $22


The official contract hotel is the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. AHS has negotiated a discounted price of $109/night (single or double), plus tax. These rates are available for the nights of 6/19, 6/20, and 6/21. To reserve a room at the conference rate, you must call Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (801) 377-4700, and mention the Agricultural History Society conference rate. The special rates will expire on May 28. The hotel is located at 101 W 100 N, Provo, UT, 84601. Looking to share a room? Email aghistorysociety@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to connect people.


The conference sessions and special meals will take place at the beautiful new Utah Valley Convention Center, which is directly across the street from the Marriott. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and conference center. This restaurant guide has a list and a handy map. Looking for other things to do while in and around Provo? Here’s a list of ag-related activities you might want to check out.


The Provo airport is served by Allegiant Air, with non-stop service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix. However, most air travelers will arrive in Salt Lake City (SLC) via the major airlines.

Getting from SLC to Provo is easy. You may take the train from the airport to Provo with one stop. The trip takes about 1:20. More details can be found here. The Provo FrontRunner station is 0.8 miles from the Provo Marriott. To arrange for shuttle service between the Provo FrontRunner station and the hotel, please call the hotel at 801-377-4700 shortly before or following your arrival at the station.

Alternatively, you may reserve a ride on Express Shuttle Utah at the negotiated rate of $31.00 for the first person and $15.00 each additional person in the same party (up to 6 passengers), each way. The shared shuttle from the airport to the Provo area departs hourly at the top of the hour and the shared shuttle also picks up in the Provo area hourly. Service is available 24 hours a day. Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Passengers must tell the reservationist they are with the Agricultural History Society Conference in order to receive this rate. You may also make reservations online at www.ExpressShuttleUtah.com. (For online reservations, please note in the comments “Agricultural History Society Conference” to receive the discounted rate). Passengers can pay the driver by cash or credit card payments can be taken over the phone. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid a charge. Each van holds up to seven passengers.

Because the FrontRunner train does not run on Sundays, those returning to the SLC airport on Sunday, June 22 at the conclusion of the conference, should follow the instructions above to make reservations with Express Shuttle Utah for the return trip.


Two tours are available for an additional cost on Friday afternoon (12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Pre-registration through the online conference registration process is required.

Park City Tour ($50, includes boxed lunch)
This tour will take us an hour north to Park City, Utah, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic events and the yearly Sundance Film Festival. On the way to Park City, our guide (Adam Eastman, recent U. of Oklahoma history Ph.D.),will explain the impacts of irrigation and development on the Provo River. In Park City we will tour the Park City Museum together to learn about the transformation of the old mining town into an international ski destination. Afterward you will have time to take a self-guided tour of Main Street where you can admire the architecture, browse the shops and galleries, or sample a beer at the local brewery. Ticket costs for the Main Street tour and museum admission are included.

Sanpete County Tour ($45, includes boxed lunch)
Rural Sanpete County, located south and east of the Wasatch Mountain range, is a world apart from the suburbs and cities of the Wasatch Front. The farm villages of Sanpete County were settled in the 1850s and 1860s. Faced with a short growing season and a limited water supply Sanpete farmers turned to sheep ranching and later commercial turkey raising. Traveling south along the Wasatch Front from Provo we will pass some of the few remaining orchards in rapidly urbanizing Utah County as well as the Young Living Farm, where lavender and other herbs are grown and distilled to produce the Essential Oils product line for one of Utah’s many multi-level marketing health products companies. Following Salt Creek Canyon through the Wasatch Range we will visit and tour the Norbest cooperative’s turkey processing plant in Moroni. Then we will visit the charming town of Spring City where we will learn about the history of sheep ranching, visit some lambing sheds, and tour two historic homes and a beautifully preserved limestone Mormon church.

Graduate Student Travel Stipend

Current graduate students are eligible for a $250 travel stipend. To apply for the money, please follow the directions on this form. Applications must be received by May 15 to be eligible for the stipend.


A draft of the program is available here.


We are looking forward to this year’s conference and to give you to glance of what to expect we are highlighting a few panels. Please click here for a few highlighted panels and their abstracts.